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Monitoring the state and evolution of terrestrial vegetation is at the core of many European policies, including those addressing climate change, forestry, desertification, biodiversity and other environmental concerns. Of the various properties of plant cover retrievable from space-based observations, the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetical1y Active Radiation (FAPAR) is arguably the one variable that can be retrieved with best accuracy. The Science and Technology for Applied Remote Sensing (STARS) group of the Global Vegetation Monitoring (GVM) Unit in the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a suite of algorithms to quantitatively estimate FAPAR from the remote sensing data generated by a range of satellite remote sensing instruments.

This technical report provides detailed information on the spatial and temporal evolution of the variable FAPAR for a set of 12 geographical windows of 30 x 30 km in Europe. The sites were identified within the context of international activity coordinated under the umbrella of the CarboEurope cluster. For each site, a standard set of figures describes the statistical properties of the FAPAR product, as well as other remote sensing products derived in the same process. These include time series for the period October 1997 to December 2001, for different time windows, and histograms of values at different spatial resolutions.

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Authors: MÉLIN F, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Inland and Marine Waters Unit, Ispra (IT);GOBRON N ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Global Vegetation Monitoring Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20764 EN (2003), 413pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
Record Number: 200316695 / Last updated on: 2003-09-04
Original language: en
Available languages: en